Below, is Kurt Strassner's blog post that summarized his trip to teach the same PTI students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that Nathan Sawyer and I will have privilege of teaching during the next two weeks. Please pray for us, and for the students!
Over the last two weeks of April, a fellow pastor (Scott Duley) and I traveled to
In the midst of this largely unbelieving populous sits the evangelical community. The believers we worked among are strong in many respects. There seems to be an absolute certainty about the exclusive claims of Jesus. The singing in our worship times was always done with great enthusiasm. There was a servant spirit evident everywhere. The men were eager to learn and usually on the edge of their seats to drink in the teaching of the Word. And (how encouraging!) the director of education (Alem, pictured below) for the
Amid these encouraging signs, there are definite areas for concern and prayer among the evangelicals in
All these facts point to one great need—sound, careful, reformed theological training in the Amharic tongue. Enter Anthony Mathenia. Anthony has been traveling to
Would he ever! The result of that initial meeting has been Pastor’s Training Institute. PTI will consist of eight 2-week training modules over a two-year span. The trainees are housed and fed through a local church in Addis Ababa, and attend Institute classes for six hours a day, five days a week. The curriculum is arranged systematically, beginning with the doctrine of God and moving forward the way any systematic theology text-book would. Interspersed are practical seminars and sermons as well. For this first two-year round of PTI, the training will be mostly done by English speakers and translated into Amharic by able men.
Scott and I traveled from the
Eventually, Anthony would like for PTI to transition completely into the Amharic language. This will require his own mastery of the language, as well as selecting and training of a group of Ethiopian men who will become the instructors in a long-term Amharic PTI. Would you pray with us about all that the Lord is so graciously doing in
- Successful long-term progression to an all-Amharic based PTI.
- The next PTI module happens the last week of May and first week of June (Jordan Thomas and Nathan Sawyer of
teaching). Memphis, TN
- Lasting fruit through the eventual planting of up to 40 Christ-centered churches in the unreached corners of
- Hosting logistics, travel, finances, and other nuts and bolts the Mathenia’s will be dealing with as they organize round after round of PTI.